Inlays and Onlays Procedure
Larger restorative work requires inlays or onlays. If the majority of the natural crown of the tooth is missing, it is better to build a crown or a dental onlay. Dental inlays and onlays are a form of indirect restoration, as they are made outside of the mouth as a single, solid piece that fits the specific size and shape of the cavity, and then cemented in place in the tooth. This is an alternative to a direct restoration, made out of composite, that is built up within the mouth.
We have our own high-quality lab at our main facility in Abu Dhabi. Using different ceramic materials, we can manufacture ceramic onlays and inlays directly for you to minimise your wait time. Thanks to our advanced digital scanners, there is no discomfort while we make dental impressions. A two-minute 3D scan gives us all the information we need, in full detail and the highest resolution.
The inlay/onlay is bonded to the tooth and becomes almost like a new layer of enamel – aesthetic, durable and strong. It is important that the tooth is dry during treatment. The quality and lifespan of the ceramic inlay/onlay has a direct relation to the technique and time spent on creating the filling.
An inlay/onlay can look and feel right, but still have quality concerns. At Snö, we always document our fillings during treatment in order to ensure our high-quality standard. We provide the perfect restoration fast – usually the same day – and the entire procedure is quality controlled. When the treatment is suggested, you get a two-year warranty, irrespective of what happens to the filling.
Schematic of a cavity filled with a ceramic inlay.
Close up of back teeth (molar) before and after ceramic inlay.
Schematic of a cavity filled with a ceramic onlay (covers the chewing area).
Three back teeth (molars and premolar) with old amalgam.
Amalgam replaced with bonded ceramic onlays.